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Orr on Top at Pennsylvania ST Season Finale!

| 20 October 2017 2:01 pm

Pennsylvania Short Track
Shellhammers Speedway

Story and Photos by Len Breech and Ben Breech
SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, OCT. 7, 2017

Jeremy Orr finished first in the two largest Expert classes, Open A and 450cc Sportsman A, as Shellhammers Speedway closed out the 2017 short-track season for districts six and seven with a night race on its wide, banked, ultra-quick one-eighth-mile oval. Weather conditions perfect for wearing shorts and T-shirts is very unusual for central Pennsylvania in the first week of October, especially for a track that has a river running past it just a few yards beyond the front straight.

Jeremy Orr (222) leads Austin Greenland (32A) and Ricky Winsett (28A) in Open A action at the season finale at Shellhammers Speedway.

Jeremy Orr (222) leads Austin Greenland (32A) and Ricky Winsett (28A) in Open A action at the season finale at Shellhammers Speedway.

Orr got his evening off to a good start by taking lead in the Open A final, ahead of Austin Greenland, Ricky Winsett, Colton Smith and Tyler Mullen and then putting a few bikelengths on the battle for second between Greenland and Winsett, which ended on the fifth lap when Winsett fell in turn three, bringing out the red flag. Before they finished the lap after the restart, Smith had taken second from Greenland, and he managed to stay upright and in front of Greenland the rest of the way to the end.

The 450cc Sportsman A final saw Orr leading Smith, Greenland and Jesse Long. Orr and Smith ran very close in the early going, with Smith taking the lead off turn two on the third lap, only to drift a little high in turn three, giving Orr the lead back. On the following lap, Smith slid out in the third turn, bringing out the red flag. Orr kept the lead off the restart, with Greenland and Long battling for second. Greenland scored that runner-up spot, and Long finished third.

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The corresponding divisions in the Amateur (B) classes had Damon Ream and Justin Haag trading wins.

Ream took the 450cc Sportsman B lead, ahead of Haag, Ben Miller and Cody Ebersole. Ream and Haag put a little distance on the others while they battled for the lead. Haag took first on the fourth lap, but Ream retook it off turn two on the eighth lap.

Damon Ream (17) and Justin Haag (101) finished first and second, respectively, in the 450cc Sportsman B final.

Damon Ream (17) and Justin Haag (101) finished first and second, respectively, in the 450cc Sportsman B final.

Haag decided he’d had enough of trailing, so he grabbed the Open B lead, ahead of Ream, Zach Mullen and Kris Weiss. Haag maintained a margin of a few bikelength throughout the race. Mullen pressured Ream in the latter half, taking second as they started the final lap.

Justin Haag (101) won the Open B contest, with Zach Mullen (8) as runner-up and Damon Ream (17) placing third.

Justin Haag (101) won the Open B contest, with Zach Mullen (8) as runner-up and Damon Ream (17) placing third.

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After falling in the Open A final, Ricky Winsett came back in the Over 30 contest to take the lead, ahead of Nick Henderson, Brody Miller and Kris Weiss. While Henderson and Miller stayed close, Winsett managed to hold them off for the win.

Ricky Winsett (28A) and Nick Henderson (29) went one and two in Over 30 competition.

Ricky Winsett (28A) and Nick Henderson (29) went one and two in Over 30 competition.

Rich Mellinger again topped the Over 40 ranks, taking the lead out of turn two, ahead of Dave Smith, Scott Mullen and Kevin Varnes. After getting familiar again with the two-stroke Bultaco – having not ridden one in almost 30 years – Varnes slipped into second off turn four on the eighth lap.

Over 40 winner Rich Mellinger (86).

Over 40 winner Rich Mellinger (86).

Lowell Wherley was first out of turn two in the Over 50 outing, with Todd Kendig, Dave Smith, Jim Chapman and Scott Slade trailing. While running close to Kendig, Smith joined the list of fallees (i.e., riders who fell) in the third turn on the fourth lap. Kendig stayed very close to Wherley but couldn’t get it done.

Lowell Wherley (28) was victorious in the Over 50 final, followed by Todd Kendig (11).

Lowell Wherley (28) was victorious in the Over 50 final, followed by Todd Kendig (11).

Kendig did get it done, however, in the 500cc Two-Valve class, as he and Adam Weiss battled the entire distance. Weiss took the lead off turn four on the opening lap, while Kendig stayed close, looking for an opening. He found it on the last lap, slipping low off turn two to claim the win.

In 500cc Two-Valve action, Todd Kendig (89) takes the lead off turn two from Adam Weiss (8K).

In 500cc Two-Valve action, Todd Kendig (89) takes the lead off turn two from Adam Weiss (8K).

After throwing a chain on his Triumph in the first Vintage Heavyweight stanza, Weiss started from the second line in the final. Terry Swartley led Darryl Jakubowski, Trevor Monn, Weiss, and Steve Stauffer at the start of the final. After two laps, Swartley had dropped to fourth, and Jakubowski had put some distance on the battle for second between Monn and Weiss, which went to Weiss late in the race.

The patriotically helmed Vintage Heavyweight winner, Darryl Jakubowski (93B).

The patriotically helmed Vintage Heavyweight winner, Darryl Jakubowski (93B).

Infrequent competitor Joe Gathercole took the lead in the 250cc Sportsman A/B final, ahead of Rich Mellinger, Brody Miller, Austin Wherley and Nick Henderson, and then held on for the win. Miller took second off turn four on the opening lap. Henderson moved into third on the fourth lap.

Joe Gathercole (75A), Rich Mellinger (86) and Austin Wherley (11A) skirmish in the 250cc Sportsman A/B contest.

Joe Gathercole (75A), Rich Mellinger (86) and Austin Wherley (11A) skirmish in the 250cc Sportsman A/B contest.

As occurred in the previous event in late August, a pair of riders each scored a pair of wins in the smaller-bike divisions: Adam Costan in the 50cc Shaft- and Chain-Drive classes, and Brandon Pfanders in the 65cc and 85cc classes.

The 50cc Chain-Drive win was fairly easy, as Costan took the lead, ahead of Legend Erisman, Mike McKee Jr. and Kayla Sample. After having problems starting, McKee dropped out on the third lap. Costan won by half a lap.

The 50cc Shaft-Drive contest had Costan leading McKee, Patrick Vuotto and Gabrielle Pfanders. McKee stayed moderately close, while Evan Cochran got rolling and took third by the end of the fourth lap.

In the 50cc Shaft-Drive class, Adam Costan (12, left) scored the win, with Mike McKee Jr. (99, right) as runner-up.

In the 50cc Shaft-Drive class, Adam Costan (12, left) scored the win, with Mike McKee Jr. (99, right) as runner-up.

Pfanders was first out of turn two in the 85cc final, with Dylan Cunningham, Logan McGrane, Colton Murphy and Evan Renshaw behind. Renshaw took fourth on the fifth lap, while McGrane and Cunningham ran side by side for almost the entire race, but McGrane couldn’t find enough traction to pull ahead.

The 65cc contest was a much closer affair, as Renshaw led Jack Rutledge, Erisman and Pfanders off the start. Pfanders was into second on the second lap, and he and Renshaw were very close for most of the remainder of the race. Pfanders made a better decision around a lapped rider on the ninth lap to take the lead.

Brandon Pfanders (88) made a late-race pass to score the 65cc (7-11) victory, over initial leader Evan Renshaw (65).

Brandon Pfanders (88) made a late-race pass to score the 65cc (7-11) victory, over initial leader Evan Renshaw (65).

Shellhammers Speedway
Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania
Results: October 7, 2017

50 CHAIN DRIVE: 1. Adam Costan (KTM); 2. Legend Erisman (KTM); 3. Kayla Sample (Hon); 4. Gabrielle Pfanders (KTM); 5. Aaden Johnson (KTM); 6. Mike McKee Jr. (Con).

50 SHAFT DRIVE: 1. Adam Costan (Yam); 2. Mike McKee Jr. (Yam); 3. Evan Cochran (Yam); 4. Kayla Sample (Hon); 5. Patrick Vuotto (Yam); 6. Gabrielle Pfanders (Yam); 7. Caden Steffy (Yam); 8. Miles Wagner (Hon); 9. Nathan Arment (Yam); 10. Jacobi Burgos (Yam).

65: 1. Brandon Pfanders (Kaw); 2. Evan Renshaw (KTM); 3. Jack Rutledge (Suz); 4. Legend Erisman (Kaw); 5. Ryder Reese (Cob); 6. Aaden Johnson (Kaw); 7. Carson Lengle (Kaw).

85 (7-11): 1. Brandon Pfanders (KTM); 2. Dylan Cunningham (Hon); 3. Logan McGrane (Hon); 4. Evan Renshaw (KTM); 5. Colton Murphy (KTM); 6. Tyler Cunningham (Kaw); 7. Logan Eisenhard (Suz); 8. Jack Rutledge (Hon); 9. Ryder Reese (Hon).

125 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE: 1. Dominick Cooper (Yam); 2. Jess Reynolds (Yam); 3. Skyla Townsley (Yam); 4. Ryan Morrow Jr. (Kaw).

150 YOUTH (7-15): 1. Jared Florian (Hon); 2. Tyler Cunningham (Hon); 3. Evan Renshaw (Hon); 4. Logan McGrane (Kaw); 5. Dylan Cunningham (Suz); 6. Colton Murphy (Hon); 7. Ryan Morrow Jr. (Kaw).

ADULT 150: 1. Nick Henderson (Hon); 2. Jesse Long (Hon); 3. Colton Smith (Suz); 4. Ben Miller (Yam); 5. Jason Cunningham (Suz); 6. John Long (Hon).

250 B: 1. Cody Ebersole (Hon); 2. Corey Jones (Hon); 3. Jared Florian (Hon); 4. Terry Swartley (Yam); 5. Tim Bohning (Hon); 6. Jess Reynolds (Suz); 7. Samantha Weiss (Hon); 8. Cherie Weiss (Hon).

250 SPORTSMAN A/B: 1. Joe Gathercole (Hon); 2. Brody Miller (Suz); 3. Nick Henderson (Hon); 4. Rich Mellinger (Suz); 5. Rick Winsett Jr. (Yam); 6. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 7. Damon Ream (Hon); 8. Anthony Crabbe (Suz); 9. Jared Florian (Hon); 10. Corey Jones (Hon); 11. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 12. Samantha Resch (Hon).

450 SPORTSMAN A: 1. Jeremy Orr (Hon); 2. Austin Greenland (Yam); 3. Jesse Long (Hon); 4. Nick Henderson (Hon); 5. Colton Smith (Suz); 6. Georgie Price (Hon); 7. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 8. Shawn Baer (Kaw); 9. Darryl Reese (Suz); 10. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 11. Doug Cook (Hon); 12. Raun Wood (Hon).

450 SPORTSMAN B: 1. Damon Ream (Hon); 2. Justin Haag (Hon); 3. Ben Miller (Hon); 4. Cody Ebersole (Hon); 5. Grant Shafer (Yam); 6. Samantha Weiss (Hon); 7. Zach Mullen (Hon).

500 2-VALVE: 1. Todd Kendig (Yam); 2. Adam Weiss (Yam); 3. Mark Tepper (Yam).

OPEN A: 1. Jeremy Orr (Hon); 2. Colton Smith (Suz); 3. Austin Greenland (Yam); 4. Jesse Long (Hon); 5. Tyler Mullen (Hon); 6. Raun Wood (Hon); 7. Georgie Price (Hon); 8. Austin Wherley (Kaw); 9. John Long (Yam); 10. Rick Winsett Jr. (Rtx); 11. Chris Thomas (Hon); 12. Travis Diem (Suz).

OPEN B: 1. Justin Haag (Hon); 2. Zach Mullen (Hon); 3. Damon Ream (Hon); 4. Kris Weiss (Hon); 5. Grant Shaffer (Yam); 6. Ken Kolsovsky (Rtx); 7. Cody Ebersole (Hon).

WOMEN: 1. Samantha Resch (Hon); 2. Jess Reynolds (Suz); 3. Skyla Townsley (Yam); 4. Cherie Weiss (Hon).

30+: 1. Rick Winsett Jr. (Rtx); 2. Nick Henderson (Hon); 3. Brody Miller (Suz); 4. Kris Weiss (Hon); 5. Steve Lerch (Suz); 6. Travis Diem (Suz); 7. Chris Johnson (Kaw); 8. Joe Gathercole (Rtx); 9. Scott Mullen (Hon); 10. Albert Cooke (Kaw).

40+: 1. Rich Mellinger (Rtx); 2. Kevin Varnes (Bul); 3. Dave Smith (Yam); 4. Darryl Jakubowski (Hon); 5. Scott Mullen (Hon).

50+: 1. Lowell Wherley (Kaw); 2. Todd Kendig (Rtx); 3. Scott Slade (Suz); 4. Lou Smith (Kaw); 5. Jim Chapman (Rtx); 6. Mike Slade (Kaw); 7. Dave Smith (Yam); 8. Eric Vanderstear (Hon).

VINTAGE SUPERLIGHTWEIGHT 125-250: 1. Steve Stauffer (Yam); 2. Scott Stauffer (Yam); 3. David Batts (Yam).

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHT 251-499: 1. Scott Stauffer (Yam); 2. Ken Weiss (Bul).

VINTAGE HEAVYWEIGHT: 1. Darryl Jakubowski (Hon); 2. Adam Weiss (Tri); 3. Trevor Monn (H-D); 4. Terry Swartley (Hon); 5. Dan Daughenbaugh (Hon); 6. Steve Stauffer (Yam); 7. John Breslin (Yam); 8. Bob Kershner (Yam); 9. Bob Cressman (Yam); 10. Mark Willis (Yam); 11. Mark Tepper (Yam); 12. Frederick Sweigert (Yam).

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